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5 BestVPNs for Boxee


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 Boxee is a popular Home Theater PC but more commonly referred to as a HD Media Streamer and often compared to Apple TV and Roku. Though it was officially discontinued in 2013 due to a purchase by Samsung (which will hopefully see the resurfacing of a better, cheaper device) it is still available to buy and the backend of the service/system has been maintained in order to ensure customer satisfaction. There are also a number of companies out there providing you with custom firmware to improve your Boxees performance such as Boxee+.

In it’s short life Boxee had plenty of ups and was praised for its clever, useful and fresh designs and interface but ultimately the small company wasn’t able to compete with the pricing of larger companies or get the support of Hulu. Luckily this has plummeted their price and you can now buy them for for a mere $124.95.

If you own or plan to own one of these beautiful devices than we recommend you sign up to a VPN provider as it significantly increases the amount of content that you can watch. Below we have gathered a list of the best providers that have dedicated support for Boxee together with a brief explination of their services. At the end of the article we will also show you a number of methods that you can use in order to connect your Boxee to your chosen VPN service.

Summary

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VyprVPN Logo $6.67/mo 9.8
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CactusVPN Logo $3.49/mo 9.4
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ibVPN logo $3.46/mo 9.3
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TorGuard Logo $5.00/mo 9.2
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HMA Logo $4.99/mo 8.8
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Editor’s Choice

VyprVPN

VyprVPN Logo

Positives: fast, intuitive software,up to 3 simultaneous connections

Negatives: slightly pricey, not much else.

VyprVPN has for long been one of the best VPN providers out there and being part of the Swiss Golden Frog internet freedom consortium this is no surprise.

We recommend getting the Pro or Premium packages but as will explain in the setup section if you only wish to use the VPN for your Boxee then the Basic will suffice. They run all their own networks and systems which gives them the ability to provide extremely fast speeds and great security alongside it. They also provide free network storage and a great customer service.

They aren’t the cheapest company out there but they are definitely worth the price and with the 3 day no risk free trial there is no reason not to give them a try today.

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2. CactusVPN

CactusVPN Logo

Positives: no logs, extremely fast, great software

Negatives: limited connection countries, restrictive multi connection policy

CactusVPN is a fairly new company and it can be seen by the limited countries it provides – 3 to be exact. However these are the primary ones required (US, UK & NL) so we won’t fault them too much on it especially due to the incredibly fast speeds that they provide.

They have excellent software, including a SmartDNS service, and provide you with a great service and cost though you can’t pay with BitCoin. They also offer a free trial so you can test the service and if anything reasonable goes wrong they also provide a 30-day moneyback guarantee making Cactus a very good deal overall.

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3. ibVPN

ibVPN logo

Positives: very cheap, plenty of VPN plans, limited logging

Negatives: can be very slow, many caveats in ‘no logs’ claim

We’re not generally fans of ibVPN due to it’s shady ‘no logs’ claims but they have a lot of good points that make up for this.

They have great set-up guides and if you have problems with anything their support team is one of the best out there. They also provide great pricing and have countless plans in order to fit most peoples needs. Overall ibVPN is a good provider for geo-location services, such as for using with your Boxee, but do not consider them if you want the most top-notch security.

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4. TorGuard

TorGuard Logo

Positives: no logs, very fast, pre-configured routers available

Negatives: some connection problems, uses some information for marketing.

TorGuard is very similar to ibVPN and provides a great service with plenty of support for both DD-WRT and Boxee with great speeds and thereby providing them with a good ranking in this ‘5 Best’ list.

Unfortunately we have had reports of bad service and connections and with no free trial (though there is a moneyback guarantee) this is hard to test for an individual. However due to their well rounded service and no personal issues we are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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5. Hide My Ass

HMA Logo

Positives: great VPN client, lots of freebies, up to 2 simultaneous connections

Negatives: security concerns – UK based

HMA is one of the top and longest established VPN companies out there but they are let down by the fact that they are based in the UK and have a history of co-operating with the authorities.

On the upside they provide a great package with one of the largest list of servers available, great software and plenty of freebies so overall they are a fantastic service.

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Summary

Rank Provider Starting price Review Link

1

VyprVPN Logo $6.67/mo 9.8
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2

CactusVPN Logo $3.49/mo 9.4
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3

ibVPN logo $3.46/mo 9.3
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4

TorGuard Logo $5.00/mo 9.2
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5

HMA Logo $4.99/mo 8.8
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Connecting your Boxee to a VPN service

Unlike most Media Streaming devices connecting your Boxee to a VPN service can be pretty straight forward but there are a number of methods:

  1. Connecting using a flashed router – if you want a lot of devices using VPN
  2. Sharing your computers connection – useful but not a large advantage
  3. Setting up PPTP on your Boxee directly – best speeds

1. Connect using a flashed router

If you have a low level of technical know-how flashing your router probably isn’t for you. Luckily there are companies out there that offer you with prepaid and preflashed routers which allow a single plug-and-play setup – Flashrouters is a great example.

The advantage of using a flashed router is that it automatically uses the VPN service no matter what device you connect to your WiFi network. It can also help with reducing the number of network cables you use. So with your Boxee it means that not only do you not need to play around with your computer network settings it also doesn’t matter if your computer isn’t close to your Boxee.

The two main and recommended software that can be used for flashing are DD-WRT and Tomato. If you do wish to do it yourself the following links below are here to help:

  • DD-WRT – a full list of compatible routers can be found here, information about installing and configuring DD-WRT can be found here, and click the links for guides to setting up PPTP and OpenVPN. Lots more general information on using DD-WRT can be found here.
  • Tomato – a full list of compatible routers can be found here, information on installing and configuring Tomato can be found here, and a guide to setting up OpenVPN can be found here.

One big advantage of using a flashed router is that all your internet connected devices (including games consoles, mobile phones, and of course your Boxee) will benefit from being connected to VPN when they connect through the router.

2. Sharing your VPN connection with another device

For details on this please see our ‘5 Best for AppleTV‘ list

3. Setting up PPTP on your Boxee

Luckily Boxee makes life a bit easier by allowing you to connect directly to a VPN service if you so wish. Unfortunately it uses PTPP which isn’t the most secure but it provides great speeds and allows you to access geo-location content. To do this follow these steps.

  1. While in the home screen press the menu button on your controller
  2. In the Menu navigate to Settings and select it. In Settings select the Network option.
    Boxee_Settings
  3. In the Network menu select VPN and enter the following information:
    Connection type: PPTP
    Server: Choose one from your providers list, it will look something like us.vpnprovider.com
    Account: Your VPN Username
    Password: Your PPTP Password. Most likely this will also differ from your actual account password but your provider will give you this.
    Encryption required: Enabled
    Boxee_VPN_Settings
  4. Hit Connect and you should successfully be connected.

Conclusion

With people wanting the best out of their devices it is no surprise that you may wish to get the best out of your Boxee. We have shown you a number of ways of setting it up and also recommended the best services to use so go ahead and enjoy the content you have available to you.


Peter Selmeczy I am an engineer by trade and tech geek by night, who's passionate about sharing his knowledge with the people. Find me on Google+.

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